frontside4WO   Once again, we find ourselves happy and fulfilled with the sweet sate of a weekend of yummy dancing– Time for thanks and celebration!
Thanks first: To all who came and worked and supported–we love you and couldn’t do it without you (literally). THANK YOU! If you’re into looking for specific thank-yous, you’re a bit late… We got out the personals, hugs & tears on Sunday.
If you’re still needing a personal thanks because you weren’t there yesterday, PM us. We’ll get one to you, & a hug too.

SOswing Convention returns FULL FORCE with Episode 4, including batches of amazing pros, WSDC comps, & 24-hour-a-day non-stop FUN.

Limited-time early-bird pricing starts: $99 for the full weekend pass, & just $69 for full-time students.

Early Bird Weekend Pass
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John Piper coming to Medford June 12th and the 13th!


7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – “SILKY SMOOTH CONNECTION” – Build your WCS technique, with a focus on getting that “gooeyness” in your connection.

8 to 9 p.m. – “THE POWER OF PATTERN BUSTING” – Learn to create your own variations of the WCS basic moves

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Grants Pass Community Center 234 S.W. L St., Grants Pass

WORKSHOP COST: $15 for 1 workshop / $20 for both (Early bird discount available if you buy online now through link below)

TICKETS: Available online at –

AFTER PARTY: Candela Dance Studio, 111 S.W. H St., Grants Pass (Free to workshop participants / $5 general admission)




6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – “THE ART OF CONVERSATION” – Fine-tune your connection and technique, and hone your ability to have a dance “conversation.” For intermediate and advanced dancers.


WORKSHOP AND AFTER PARTY LOCATION: Firehouse Dance Hall, 44 N. Front St., Medford. After party is $5.

TICKETS: To purchase tickets for the Medford workshop, call Rebecca at (541) 941-9061


John Piper is offering a limited number of private lessons at the rate of $80, or $70 for students. Two slots are already taken – reserve yours now! Email Melissa at to schedule one, or call the number below.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call Melissa at (541) 291-7900

Check out “Piper” competing in this jack-and-jill contest. He didn’t know who his partner was going to be, or what song they would dance to, beforehand. Inspiring!:

SO Big Events Calendar!       

Time to plan the rest of your spring—and summer!

Here’s a short list of big events we’ve been to before, we LOVE, and that we’re planning on going to again.  BTW, we do our best to support our local events here in the PNW, and stay out of the airports.  With rare exception.  Here’s a few to get you started on planning.  More coming soon!


FreZno Dance Classic, May 21-25

Farther than we’d like, we admit, but such a great event.  Steve Z is a heck of a guy, and such a perfected pro at what he’s doing!  This event never misses.

Dance N Play, June 18 – 21

A newer event, but already solid on fun and organization, thanks to director Cheryl Lions’ deep bench of talent and experience.  It’s the closest out-of-town weekend-long WSDC-pointed event we have, and we love it.  Held at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, OR, it delivers on its name, offering plenty of dance and play all weekend long!

Portland Dance Festival, July 10 – 12

Affectionately known as PDF, this long-established event successfully melds WCS and country.  Run by our friends, Randy and Rhonda Shotts, experts at putting on an excellent event, we haven’t missed PDF in years, and won’t this year, either.

Norcal Dance Challenge, September 12

Super-fun event, hosted by two top-notch people/inspirational pros, Jason & Yvonne Wayne.  Raise money for One Flap Down, the charity that helps single-parent families who are facing breast cancer.  “We have two goals, to grow the dance we love, West Coast Swing, at a grassroots level and to raise money for those fighting for thier lives.”